What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

Historically called “domestic violence”, “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples.

Violence by an intimate partner is linked to both immediate and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Factors at all levels- individual, relationship, community, and societal, contribute to intimate partner violence. Preventing intimate partner violence requires reaching a clear understanding of those factors, coordinating resources, and fostering and initiating change in individuals, families, and society.

-National Institute of Justice

While PLU does not have a stand-alone policy for IPV, there do exist policies on sexual misconduct and violence prevention. Please visit PLU Student Rights and Responsibilities webpage for more information. The sections pertaining to Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention are particularly relevant.

PLU will uphold the Washington state policies and laws around the issue of IPV in order to protect its students and preserve their individual rights.

Intimate Partner Violence

Center for Disease Control – The Center for Disease Control is a website that provides information and resources on intimate partner violence.

Domestic Violence Fact Sheet – The Domestic Violence Face Sheet provides information about the prevalence of domestic violence and the effects it can have on victims and survivors.

10 Healthy Signs and 10 Unhealthy Signs – 10 Signs of a Healthy Relationship and 10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship from the One Love Foundation give aspects of a relationship to strive for and to shift away from.

Power and Control Wheel – The Power and Control Wheel can help individuals identify patterns of abusive and violent behavior in relationships.

Victim's Advocate at PLU

Magdalena Stickel

Magdalena Stickel, PLU’s Victim’s Advocate is a trained professional who can help explain your options, connect you to other resources, and assist you in making a formal report should you decide to do so.


Schedule an appointment with her here. 

Other Campus Resources

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource

24-hour Community Hotlines

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline